Dipolog City mayor:
Abduction of Italian priest ‘an unfortunate incident’
By Dennis C.
DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte, Oct. 8 (PNA) –government authorities
have mobilized its resources as “law enforcement agencies are already
pursuing leads and conducting follow-up operations” for the safe recovery of
a former Italian priest abducted in this city.
Mayor Evelyn Uy, chair of the Crisis Management Committee (CMC), made this
announcement Thursday as she described the abduction of former Italian
priest, Rolando Del Torchio, as “an unfortunate incident.”
Del Torchio, 56, was seized by seven gunmen around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday from
his Pizza house--UrChoice Bistro Café--in Barangay Miputak, this city.
Del Torchio was dragged to a waiting gray van with plate number TMY-490 that
sped to the boulevard, also in Barangay Miputak.
The gunmen abandoned the van and transferred Del Torchio to a motorboat and
sped to the high seas.
“This is a sad moment for all of us, for just yesterday (Wednesday), a most
gruesome crime has been perpetuated deep within the heart of our city--the
abduction of Mr. Rolando Del Torchio--an amiable Italian national who has
become a Dipolognon by heart. It is an unfortunate incident to happen to a
peace-loving resident of Dipolog, and a big blow to our city's efforts to
promote peace, progress and prosperity,” Uy said.
She said they have coordinated with law enforcement and other concerned
government agencies for the safe release and recovery of Del Torchio.
“The law enforcement agencies are already pursuing leads and conducting
follow-up operations. We have already mobilized the resources of government
for that purpose,” she added.
Meanwhile, the lady mayor said they were “looking into whatever concerns
related to our internal security arrangements” to prevent a repeat of
similar incident in this city.
“We have made a lot of headway in our efforts to make Dipolog City safe and
secure for our residents and visitors, and we cannot let this single
isolated incident bring us down,” Uy said.
She called on the public to be vigilant as the local police continue to do
their best in providing security to the residents of this city.
“Let us all be vigilant, as only with the help of our community can we be
certain of a truly, safe and protected community,” she added. (PNA)